Saturday, May 23, 2015


Welcome to whaling week here at OPOD. We will be looking at that now extinct career of hunting and processing whales. This picture was taken in 1903 and shows a killed whaled being processed alongside the whaling ship.


  1. How interesting! My ancestors were whalers from Martha's Vinyard and Nantucket 100-200 years before this photo, but I'll bet the process had not changed much in those centuries.

  2. My Norwegian ancestors were farmers, but were from Sandefjord, near Oslo, the headquarters of the International Whaling Association, now disbanded. There is a whaling museum there.

    Unfortunately, whaling itself is NOT extinct. The Japanese are still doing massive whaling of endangered whale species under the guise of "research." The process has changed a great deal, and is highly mechanized, taking place on factory ships. This is very different from the occasional whale being taken by Native Peoples in the Arctic for subsistence.

  3. " "Tis advertised in Boston, New York and Buffalo...
    A hundred hearty sailors, a whalin' for to go-o-o....
    Oh blow ye winds in the morning
    Oh blow ye winds hi-ho...
    Haul away your runnin' gear and blow, boys, blow!

    The skipper's on the quarter deck a squintin' at the sails
    When out beyond the lookout point,
    A mighty school of whales....
    Oh blow ye winds...etc....."


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